Everything E-Publishing

You’re selling out. They’ll publish anything. It’s a scam.

About as many myths as truths surround the world of electronic publishing. While e-publishing isn’t a mirror image of print, it does resemble traditional publishing in numerous ways.

But just like anything, e-publishing has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Study the facts to determine whether e-publishing is the way for you to go. The first of this two part series takes a look at the advantages of e-publishing:

ADVANTAGES

Increased Chances of Getting Published
Maybe you sent your book to a category publisher and you were told your novel was more mainstream. So you send your manuscript to a mainstream publisher, only to be told it’s more of a category novel.

E-publishing doesn’t discriminate as much as print publishing. Their submission guidelines aren’t as narrow. You’re not as limited to length requirements, types of characters, a certain setting.

But that doesn’t mean your manuscript doesn’t have to be as good. E-publishing industry execs stress that they’re still picky. They even suggest you come to them after a print publisher says you have a wonderful manuscript but they can’t publish it.

Keep in mind, e-publishing is just as competitive as print. They have to establish their presence and there’s no room for poorly-written stories.

Stay in Control
E-publishing lets authors have their hands in the process more than print does. Your creativity isn’t limited with your characters, revisions and cover art. Authors who have gone the e-publishing route say they’ve been able to negotiate more when an editor suggests revisions.

Cordial Contracts
How can a piece of paper be friendly? E-publishing’s main focus is electronic. So you can still market your book to print and subsidiary publishers. Before you submit your manuscript, check out the e-publisher’s contract. It’s usually available on their Web site.

Higher Royalties
Since the cost of e-publishing is significantly lower than print, you can reap the rewards…and royalties! While 30 percent is usually the standard, you can collect anywhere between a 20 and 40 percent royalty. Since most transactions are conducted electronically, you receive payment even faster.

Reduced Response Time
E-publishing is gaining popularity. Previously, response ranged between four and six weeks. While the turnaround time right now is around two to four months, there’s generally less waiting involved than with print.

Speedy Publishing
Your book will be available in weeks not years. Most e-publishers generally release their new titles in three to six months.

Reader Options
E-books offer readers a wide variety of options. Some of the different formats give readers the ability to change the font style, highlight certain parts of text, even experience multimedia effects like music and graphics.

Availability
The second your book is released, it’s available all over the world. And it can be purchased 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Always In Stock
In print, your book has to maintain a certain sales record in order to keep the printing going and the shelves stocked. But in e-publishing, the costs aren’t as high so your e-book can remain in inventory.

Are you sold? Well, don’t start searching for e-publishers just yet. The conclusion of Everything E examines the disadvantages of electronic publishing.